Invitation to share your campus perspectives

Feb. 23, 2017

Dear Baylor Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we shared last fall, in October 2016, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened a Title IX investigation at Baylor University. Since that time, we have been working collaboratively with OCR to provide timely and responsive information about our policies, procedures, and practices. The next step in the process provides an opportunity for interested students, faculty and staff to meet directly with OCR representatives to share their experiences and perspective regarding Baylor's efforts to prevent and address sex- and gender-based harassment and violence. We encourage interested community members to take advantage of this opportunity.

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. until noon, OCR representatives will be on campus on the second floor of the Student Union Building to host open office hours. During this time, students, faculty and staff may stop by and visit with OCR representatives one-on-one. There is no need to make an appointment in advance. Participation in the office hours is both voluntary and confidential. OCR will not share any personally identifiable information about participating community members with the university or the general public. In addition, no university employees or media have been invited to any of these sessions.

We embrace and support OCR's goal to maintain a campus free from harassment and discrimination. As a reminder, Baylor's Title IX policy can be accessed here. Community members can also contact Baylor's Title IX Coordinator, Kristan Tucker, at Kristan_Tucker@baylor.edu. To report sexual harassment or violence, please contact the Title IX Office, or in the event of an emergency 9-1-1 or the Baylor University Police Department at 254.710.2222. To access confidential resources, please contact the Baylor University Counseling Center, Baylor University Health Services, or the Baylor University Chaplain, Dr. Burt Burleson.

If you have any questions regarding privacy, how the data collected will be used, etc., please contact Tonya Gentry of OCR at 214.661.9615 or Tonya.Gentry@ed.gov. Thank you for your continued commitment to these important issues.